Ohio was once the epicenter for many classic eastern and Midwestern railroads as all kinds of famous lines could found in the state. If you are interested in Ohio railroad jobs the state is still home to more than 6,000 route miles of track today. For instance, Class Is Canadian National Railway, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern Railway all operate in the state along with Class IIs Indiana & Ohio Railway and Wheeling & Lake Erie. Additionally, Ohio is home to numerous short lines along with Amtrak. In terms of what the state contributes from a freight standpoint, it is well diversified from ore and coal to metals, agricultural products, and other traffic. If you are interested in becoming a railroader my first advice would be to take the time and really learn the inner details about the industry before diving into a career as such.
This is simply to give you a heads up about what to expect if you are unfamiliar with railroads, or at least what a job working for one is like. On Class Is, especially, 12-hour work days are almost normal and days off are often unusual. While smaller regional and short line railroads do offer a better schedule, Class Is offer unmatched pay, benefits, and retirement. For instance, engineers can easily clip an annual salary at, or over, six-digits. Overall, it comes down to whether you feel the pay is worth the time away from home and family as railroading is not for everyone (for instance, I seriously considered working in the industry but just didn't feel the long hours were worth it).
Please keep in mind that while I try to keep this information as updated as possible I cannot guarantee that it is always entirely accurate. In any event, if you are pursuing a bachelors or advanced degree in the field of business, management, or related subject (such as economics or accounting), you might want to take the time to peruse the programs some Class Is (and not just the ones listed below) have to offer, which include internships and graduate programs. Normally, they offer these during the summer months.
(Also, to search for Ohio railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.)
Class I Railroads
Canadian National Railway
Norfolk Southern Railway
Short Line And Regional Railroads
Many of the regional and short line railroads listed below are
subsidiaries of one of the following companies.
Genesee & Wyoming
Indiana & Ohio Railway: The I&O is now part of Genesee & Wyoming's large family of railroads and operates through Ohio,
mostly west of Columbus. Overall the company owns nearly 600 miles of
unconnected lines and interchanges with all of Ohio's Class I railroads.
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway: The W&LE dates back to the
1870s, originally envisioned to serve Lake Erie ports with the coal
fields of northern West Virginia, northeastern Ohio, and northwestern
Pennsylvania. The original company was dissolved by Norfolk Southern in
1989 but was reborn a year later when the Class I spun off almost all
of the original W&LE, Pittsburgh & West Virginia, and Akron,
Canton & Youngstown trackage giving the new Wheeling & Lake Erie
nearly 600 miles of wholly owned property. Today, with trackage rights
the W&LE operates nearly 1,000 miles of railroad and connects with
all of Ohio's Class Is and a number of smaller lines.
Akron Barberton Cluster Railway: This shortline has been in
operation since 1994 and operates about 73 miles of track serving the
Akron region. To contact the railroad; 43 2nd Street, Barberton, Ohio
Ann Arbor Railroad: This historic short line, now a Watco property, dates back to the late 19th century and its peak connected Toledo with Frankfort, Michigan. However, today, the reborn Ann Arbor system only serves Ann Arbor and Toledo.
Ashland Railway: This shortline operates two lines radiating northward from Mansfield, with one reaching West Salem and the other serving Willard. Overall, the railroad operates nearly 60 miles of track. To contact the company regarding employment please click here to visit their website.
Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Railroad: This six-mile shortline serves the area around Jefferson and also provides summertime excursions for the public. To contact the AC&J please click here to visit their website.
Camp Chase Industrial Railroad: This terminal railroad serves western Columbus, switching a number of industries in the area. To contact the railroad regarding job openings please click here.
Central Railroad of Indiana: This shortline, also owned by G&W, is mostly situated in southeastern Indiana although it also
reaches Cincinnati. Overall the railroad operates nearly 100 miles of
Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad: The CFW&E is yet
another G&W short line operating over 300 miles of railroad in
northern Indiana and Ohio connecting Tolleston (near Chicago) with
Cleveland Commercial Railroad: This small shortline serves industries near the city of Cleveland. To contact the company; 7632 Bond Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44139-5351.
Columbus & Ohio River Rail Road: This large short line, a G&W property, serves
central and eastern Ohio operating nearly 250 miles of track between
Mingo Junction at the border of West Virginia with Columbus.
Flats Industrial Railroad: The Flats Industrial Railroad, which
has been in operation since 1996, also serves the industries surrounding
Cleveland. To contact the company; 1757 Columbus Road, Cleveland, Ohio
Indiana Eastern Railroad: The Indiana Eastern Railroad operates former C&O trackage between Richmond, Indiana and Fernald, Ohio with a connection to both CSX and Norfolk Southern. To contact the railroad about employment please visit their website.
Indiana Northeastern Railroad: The Indiana Northeastern Railroad has been in operation since 1992 and today serves the corners of three states; Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The railroad connects to Norfolk Southern in Montpelier, Ohio and operates a system covering about 120 miles. To contact the company about job openings please click here to visit their website.
Lake Terminal Railroad: This shortline is a Transtar property and operates a switching railroad serving industries located near Lorain based along Lake Erie. To contact them about job opening's please visit Transtar's website.
Lorain Northern Railroad: 2199 East 28th Street, Lorain, Ohio 44055.
Mahoning Valley Railway: This railroad is owned by Genesee &
Wyoming and operates just a short, six-mile section of track near
Youngstown with connections to both CSX and NS.
Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad: This historic short line between
Woodburn, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio but today only reaches as far east as
Liberty. It is now a Pioneer RailCorp subsidiary.
Newburgh & South Shore Railroad: This historic railroad, now
an OmniTRAX company, once served the steel mills located near
Cleveland. However, today, it operates about five miles of track
hauling a wide range of freight (including steel).
Northern Ohio & Western Railway: The NO&W is another
OmniTRAX property operating 25 miles of railroad between Tiffin and
Woodville with connections to both CSX and NS.
Ohi-Rail Corporation: This small shortline operates former New York Central branch lines between Minerva and Hopedale with connections to Norfolk Southern, W&LE. To contact the railroad please click here.
Ohio Central Railroad: Today, the Ohio Central system is part of
Genesee & Wyoming operating 70 miles of former Pennsylvania
Railroad trackage in central Ohio between Zanesville and Brewster.
Ohio Southern Railroad: Another Genesee & Wyoming shortline
the railroad connects Zanesville with New Lexington and Glenford. The
company has interchanges with both CSX and Norfolk Southern.
Republic N&T Railroad: This short line has been in operation
and leases trackage owned by Norfolk Southern near Canton. To contact
the company; 2633 8th Street Northeast, Canton, Ohio 44704-2311.
R.J. Corman Railroad: RJ Corman operates a variety of
rail-related businesses, including shortlines. It currently owns to
lines in Ohio including a 55-mile section between Warwick and
Uhrichsville, and another 51-mile section between Lima and Portland,
US Rail Corporation: US Rail operates several shortlines in the eastern United States, including three lines in Ohio near Cleveland, Jackson, and Hamilton. To contact them concerning employment please click here.
Warren & Trumbull Railroad: The W&T is another Genesee & Wyoming shortline, that operates just four miles of track east of Warren with connections to both CSX and Norfolk Southern.
Youngstown & Austintown Railroad: Another Genesee property, the Y&A is also quite small operating just five miles near Youngstown and also connecting to both NS and CSX.
Youngstown Belt Railroad: This short line is Genesee &
Wyoming's largest in northeast Ohio operating 13 miles of railroad
between Ravenna and Youngstown with connections to several railroads
including NS and CSX.
Youngstown & Southeastern Railroad: The Y&S is owned by the Indiana Boxcar Corporation and has been in operation since 2006 running between Youngstown, Ohio and Darlington, Pennsylvania. To inquire about employment please visit Indiana Boxcar's website.